Vancouver Plane Crash

October 29, 2011 by staff 

Vancouver Plane CrashVancouver Plane Crash, Carolyn Cross said Friday that he owes her life to the heroic efforts of the two pilots and a number of people after the small plane he was traveling in chartered crashed and caught fire at Vancouver International Airport on Thursday.

Cruz said that as soon as a driver Luc Fortin, who died in the crash, said the seven passengers on the plane Thunderbird air was returning from a trip to Kelowna, British Columbia, Vancouver and return because of an oil leak, I knew all they were going to die.

So I started to write a text message to their children in their iPhone. Seconds before the plane crashed into the Russ Baker, so I hit the “send” button.

“I saw (Fortin) and hands were shaking, trembling, and at that moment I knew we were going to die,” he said Friday in a telephone interview from Vancouver General Hospital.

“I quietly take my iPhone and I get to write letters to my children. It is an interesting thing when you are very confident that they will die, is in a moment of peace.”

Fortin died of her wounds on Thursday night. His co-driver Mike Robic is still in critical condition, since it is one of the passengers. Four other passengers, including the Cross, are in serious but stable condition. Two other passengers, including Tony Zanatta of White Rock, British Columbia, have been discharged.

Two passengers in the hospital have been identified by family members as Lorelei and Sobolik Cameron. Sobolik Cameron is president of Vancouver-based Teligence, a social network that has voice activated.

Cruz, the CEO of a biomedical company Vancouver, said that no one else in the passenger area realized what was happening until just before the accident.

“Halfway through our trip to Kelowna the pilot turns to our group and says he is returning to Vancouver, because there is a small leak on the left side of the engine. I think he said a small oil leak and that it is necessary to the start and he’s sorry but it should not take so long to return. ”

Cruz said the pilots appeared to try to gain altitude on the way back to the airport so they could coast to the track. They do not.

“They were doing a good job, which is so close. I mean, 900 meters away. Just before the collision point is the sound bad landing gear not down.

“Clearly something was wrong there, and the pilots shot each other a look and realized that I was not going to do despite a heroic effort. Then I looked down to see if my phone was in service. I wanted to make sure my children receive my letter and go, so I was alone. ”

“Suddenly, the pilots were pulling hard to the left in a very awkward and I went to look at the track to watch the road and goes down on her and that was when the rest of the crew knew.

“We crashed and immediately looked out, because I was in a window of the door and was full of flames outside. So I could not leave. Smelled full of gas. I heard the sound of another group appearing at the back door and then left and I knew I had to leave because the people before me were hampered by my presence and my point of view of fun. ”

Cruz said that her legs shook so severe he could not walk.

“I went up and could not walk. It was like I had no legs, as if it were flown. And I thought of my children, and God and the universe gave me energy and I got to the door. I told him not I know what I do now, because you can not exit the plane, legs, I can not leave the plane.

“There were four people who took me and carried me to safety despite the fact that the plane was in flames. Smelled gas. And then they went back for more. And the people shouted,” The plane will explode, is full of gas that smells like gas “, but returned in. It was amazing.

“I put in understanding bed last night how lucky I am and I’m alive because of these people. I want to know how brave they were.”

The plane had been leased as a private charter by a group of executives who had business in Kelowna.

Zanatta was injured, but was later released and sent home. His wife, Leanne, said he knew the name of the group that had rented the plane, but the passengers all knew each other.

“It was part of a business organization. It was a private charter,” he said. “He is at home. I can not talk now. That in some major pain, so we’re all trying to reunite with her family.”

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